Singer Andi Deris states Helloween cannot beat two masterpiece albums ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’
Helloween lead vocalist Andi Deris was recently interviewed by MariskalRock TV and was asked about the segments of fans who prefer the Deris era of Helloween (1994-present) compared to lead vocalist Michael Kiske‘s (1987-1993) era:
Deris replied (as transcribed by Blabbermouth with slight edits): “It’s always a matter of taste, I would say. Back in the days when I started out with Helloween, there was no question about which style you have to follow. If you would have followed the Queensrÿche way, we would lose, because there’s already Queensrÿche and this style of music was already occupied. And there was grunge going on. So, people tended more to that grunge sound and more from the breast singing and more harsh, a bit more hard rock, that’s what we did, only when you look at where I come from, I come from a band called Pink Cream 69. I was singing more like Michael Kiske, but, joining the band in 1994, there was no choice. You better stay away from that technique because it was dead. To survive you have to find, again, that small path to survive and hopefully people accept the ‘new singer’ and blah, blah, blah. At the end of the day, Michael Weikath [and I] just sat down together and realized, ‘Okay, we have to make metal again. But, it has to be different than the ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys‘.’ Because you can’t beat ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys‘; they are great albums, they are the masterpieces of the band. You cannot do another masterpiece, it’s impossible. They are already there.
Nearly every band has one or two masterpiece albums and some try to beat them and lose. I’ve seen that with all my idols who tried to copy themselves and copy the big success they had with certain albums. They lost sooner or later because you cannot beat it. People love these albums for the particular reason that back in the day, it’s when these albums were released, they were young, they had the first KISS, they had the first Falco, whatever, and now you come with another album, even if it would be better, but they already had their first KISS, they already had their experience with their first F-word again [Falco]. You compete against your albums and you can’t beat them. That’s why we chose to kind of go back on the metal track, but stay away from the heritage. Keep the legacy, but don’t copy the heritage. That would have been the biggest mistake, I think. So now you have two Helloweens. You have the old-style Helloween, which I really love, but never was able to sing it as good as Michael Kiske can because it’s not my style anymore. Back in ’94, I changed my style and I decided it’s more from the stomach and more from the breast and less technique. That’s my style nowadays, but I completely understand when people say, ‘I like this more.’ Or vice versa. It’s always a matter of taste.”
You can read other transcribed excerpts of the interview with Deris at Blabbermouth and you can hear the entire interview by MariskalRock TV below: